The Poetics and Politics of Diaspora: Transatlantic Musings

The Poetics and Politics of Diaspora: Transatlantic Musings

Author Jerome C. Branche www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138800168/ Summary This book studies the creative discourse of the modern African diaspora by analyzing poems, novels, essays, hip-hop and dub poetry in the Caribbean, England, Spain, and Colombia, and capturing diasporan movement through mutually intersecting axes of dislocation and relocation, and efforts at political group affirmation and settlement, or “location.” […]

Witches, Goddesses and Angry Spirits: The Politics of Spiritual Liberation in African Diaspora Women’s Fiction

Witches, Goddesses and Angry Spirits: The Politics of Spiritual Liberation in African Diaspora Women’s Fiction

Author Maha Marouan www.ohiostatepress.org/index.htm?books/book%20pages/Marouan%20Witches.html http://www.amazon.com/Witches-Goddesses-Angry-Spirits-Postsecular/dp/0814212190 Summary Description: Witches, Goddesses and Angry Spirits: The Politics of Spiritual Liberation in African Diaspora Women’s Fiction explores African diaspora religious practices as vehicles for Africana women’s spiritual transformation, using representative fictions by three contemporary writers of the African Americas who compose fresh models of female spirituality: Breath, Eyes, Memory […]

Sex Tourism in Bahia: Ambiguous Entanglements

Sex Tourism in Bahia: Ambiguous Entanglements

Author Erica Lorraine Williams www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/67nsg8gz9780252037931.html Summary How sexism, racism, and socio-economic inequality interact in the Brazilian sex industry Brazil has the largest national economy in Latin America and a population five times greater than any other South American country–and for nearly a decade, Brazil has surpassed Thailand as the world’s premier sex tourism destination. As […]

Rastafari in the New Millennium

Rastafari in the New Millennium

Author Michael Barnett, ed. http://www.syracuseuniversitypress.syr.edu/spring-2012/rastafari-millennium.html Summary This book covers a wide range of perspectives, focusing not only on the movement’s nuanced and complex religious ideology but also on its political philosophy, cosmology, and unique epistemology. Drawing on new research and global developments, the contributors, many of whom are leading scholars in the field, reinvigorate the […]

Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones

Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones

Author Carole Boyce Davies http://www.dukeupress.edu/Catalog/ViewProduct.php?productid=12539 Summary In “Left of Karl Marx”, Carole Boyce Davies assesses the activism, writing, and legacy of Claudia Jones (1915-1964), a pioneering Afro-Caribbean radical intellectual, dedicated communist, and feminist. Jones is buried in London’s Highgate Cemetery, to the left of Karl Marx—a location that Boyce Davies finds fitting given how Jones […]

Claudia Jones. Beyond Containment. Autobiographical Reflections, Essays, Poems

Claudia Jones. Beyond Containment. Autobiographical Reflections, Essays, Poems

Author Carole Boyce Davies, ed http://www.ayebia.co.uk/index.php?mact=Products,cntnt01,details,0&cntnt01productid=28&cntnt01returnid=15 Summary A collection of the available work of Claudia Jones, divided into four main sections, each with an introductory section: Autobiographical reflections; Essays (divided into Race and Black Human Rights, Women’s Rights, Black Political Prisoners and the defense of Black Activism, The Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora); Poetry and an […]

Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences and Culture (3 vols)

Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences and Culture (3 vols)

Author Carole Boyce Davies, ed http://www.abc-clio.com/product.aspx?isbn=9781851097005 Summary Five hundred years of relocation and dislocation, of assimilation and separation have produced a rich tapestry of history and culture into which are woven people, places, and events. This authoritative, accessible work picks out the strands of the tapestry, telling the story of diverse peoples, separated by time […]

Integrated But Unequal: Black Faculty in Predominately White Space

Integrated But Unequal: Black Faculty in Predominately White Space

Author Mark Christian http://www.africaworldpressbooks.com/servlet/Detail?no=902 Summary This book is groundbreaking and unique. The emphasis is on Black faculty based in the US and UK working in predominately White universities. The scholars in this volume are all successful in their chosen fields, some are extremely successful. Yet they have reached the heights of victory in academia against […]

A Black Communist in the Freedom Struggle: the Life of Harry Haywood

A Black Communist in the Freedom Struggle: the Life of Harry Haywood

Author Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall http://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/a-black-communist-in-the-freedom-struggle?searchterm=HARRY+HAYW Summary This is a condensed edition of the autobiography of Harry Haywood published in 1778 as Black Bolshevik . The new edition contains an introduction by the editor who is the widow of Haywood. It emphasizes the popular struggles, which have become part of silenced history partially as a […]

Black Morocco: A History of Slavery, Race and Islam

Black Morocco: A History of Slavery, Race and Islam

Author Chouki El Hamel http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6921972/?site_locale=en_US Summary Black Morocco: A History of Slavery, Race and Islam chronicles the experiences, identity, and achievements of enslaved black people in Morocco from the sixteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century. Chouki El Hamel argues that we cannot rely solely on Islamic ideology as the key to explain […]

Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil

Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil

Author Marc A. Hertzman http://www.dukeupress.edu/Catalog/ViewProduct.php?productid=48428&viewby=title Summary In November 1916, a young Afro-Brazilian musician named Donga registered sheet music for the song “Pelo telephone” (“On the Telephone”) at the National Library in Rio de Janeiro. This apparently simple act—claiming ownership of a musical composition—set in motion a series of events that would shake Brazil’s cultural landscape. […]

Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism

Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism

Author Erik S. McDuffie http://www.dukeupress.edu/Catalog/ViewProduct.php?productid=18633 Summary Sojourning for Freedom portrays pioneering black women activists from the early twentieth century through the 1970s, focusing on their participation in the U.S. Communist Party (CPUSA) between 1919 and 1956. Erik S. McDuffie considers how women from diverse locales and backgrounds became radicalized, joined the CPUSA, and advocated a […]

Cheddi Jagan and the Politics of Power: British Guiana's Struggle for Independence

Cheddi Jagan and the Politics of Power: British Guiana’s Struggle for Independence

Author Colin A. Palmer http://www.uncpress.unc.edu/browse/book_detail?title_id=1803 Summary Colin Palmer, one of the foremost chroniclers of twentieth-century British and U.S. imperialism in the Caribbean, here tells the story of British Guiana’s struggle for independence. At the center of the story is Cheddi Jagan, who was the colony’s first premier following the institution of universal adult suffrage in […]

Modernity, Freedom and the African Diaspora: Dublin, New Orleans, Paris

Modernity, Freedom and the African Diaspora: Dublin, New Orleans, Paris

Author Elisa Joy White http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?products_id=155602 Summary The book investigates the contemporary African Diaspora communities in Dublin, New Orleans, and Paris and their role in the interrogation of modernity and social progress. Beginning with an examination of Dublin’s emergent African immigrant community, White shows how the community’s negotiation of racism, immigration status, and xenophobia exemplifies the […]

The Americans Are Coming

The Americans Are Coming

Author Robert Trent Vinson http://www.ohioswallow.com/book/The+Americans+Are+Coming%21 Summary For more than half a century before World War II, black South Africans and “American Negroes”—a group that included African Americans and black West Indians—established close institutional and personal relationships that laid the necessary groundwork for the successful South African and American antiapartheid movements. Though African Americans suffered under […]

From the Bullet to the Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago

From the Bullet to the Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago

Author Jakobi Williams http://uncpress.unc.edu/browse/book_detail?title_id=3255 Summary In this comprehensive history of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party, Williams focuses on the life and violent death of Fred Hampton. Framing the story of Hampton and the ILBPP as a social and political history and using, for the first time, sealed secret police files in Chicago […]

Sojourner Truth's America

Sojourner Truth’s America

Author Margaret Washington Summary Organized chronologically into three distinct eras of Truth’s life, Sojourner Truth’s America examines the complex dynamics of her times, beginning with the transnational contours of her spirituality and early life as Isabella and her embroilments in legal controversy. Truth’s awakening during nineteenth-century America’s progressive surge then propelled her ascendancy as a […]

Archaeology of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora

Archaeology of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora

Author Edited by Akinwumi Ogundiran and Toyin Falola Indiana University Press, 2007 Format: cloth 528 pages, 56 b&w photos, 18 maps, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 ISBN-13: 978-0-253-34919-4 ISBN: 0-253-34919-2 A breakthrough volume in the study of the material culture of the slave trade. This is the first book devoted to the archaeology of African […]

Diasporic Africa, A Reader

Diasporic Africa, A Reader

A Reader Edited by Michael A. Gomez “This sparkling mosaic of thought from the African Diaspora redraws the boundaries of relevant scholarship to the benefit of a wide array of students and scholars. A greatly needed volume.” – Sterling Stuckey, Presidential Chair and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, University of California at Riverside “A valuable […]

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